Sharing a morning

At Ecclesall Pre-School we love to invite the grown-ups in our families to share a session with us. But sadly this is not currently possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our information about sharing a morning is below and we hope to be able to offer this once again soon.

We believe in the importance and value of parents being involved in their children’s learning and so we invite you to share a morning with your child once per term on one of the sessions that your child attends. You don’t need to come early – just arrive at your normal time. If you are not able to come personally we are very happy for your child’s childminder/nanny/grandparent etc. to be involved, provided that no additional children are brought with them. Whilst we encourage you to share a morning with us, Child Protection Guidelines recommend that this is limited to once per term. This helps your child to develop their independence and lessens their expectation for you to stay at every session, becoming unsettled when you do not. To arrange to share a morning, please speak to any staff member.

Don’t worry if your child behaves differently when you attend. They might be very shy, show off or be clingy. This is quite normal and you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about it. Take as much time as you want to play with your child and after a period of time they may be happy to “share” you with other children, but it really doesn’t matter if they prefer to play alone with you. If you are able to play with a small group of children a member of staff will suggest where your help would be most welcome.

If you aren’t able to share a morning with your child, or prefer not to, please don’t feel guilty. There are lots of ways in which you can support pre-school and show your child that their education is important to you. Some of our parents come in to share a favourite book, play a musical instrument or talk to the children about their profession and others are very willing to help wash and repair toys or dressing-up clothes. Alternatively, you could join the Management Committee or help us by supporting our fund-raising activities.